While 2017-2019, released under his Against All Logic moniker, was fuelled by militaristic bombast; under his own name his songs have rarely sounded as careful, or cavernous. Only 2015's Pomegranates last saw him in this mode: creating ambient soundscapes textured so vividly they felt like photographs. A note left on his website confirmed something remarkable: that this delicate record and the furious 2017-2019 were made at the same time, during a period where Jaar isolated himself on the other side of the world for months on end.
Nicolás Jaar wrote much of his arresting third album in isolation, holed up in a remote corner of the world without booze, cigarettes, or caffeine. It was an attempt to rid himself of negativity, the electronic musician said, but the solitude didn't work as he planned. Negativity haunted him, as did his ego, and eventually Jaar realized the only way out was through: that he'd have to face his flaws in order to heal.